H. R. 6374

To implement the recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense with respect to mitigation of foreign suppliers in the pharmaceutical supply chain of the Department of Defense.

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117 HR 6374 IH: Strengthening Supply Chains for Servicemembers and Security Act

U.S. House of Representatives

2022-01-12

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117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6374

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 12, 2022

Ms. Houlahan

(for herself and

Mr. Meijer

) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To implement the recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense with respect to mitigation of foreign suppliers in the pharmaceutical supply chain of the Department of Defense.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

Strengthening Supply Chains for Servicemembers and Security Act

.

2.

Risk management for Department of Defense supply chains

(a)

Risk management for all Department of Defense supply chains

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment shall—

(1)

develop and issue implementing guidance for risk management for Department of Defense supply chains for materiel for the Department, including pharmaceuticals;

(2)

identify, in coordination with the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, supply chain information gaps regarding reliance on foreign suppliers of drugs, including active pharmaceutical ingredients and final drug products; and

(3)

submit to Congress a report regarding—

(A)

existing information streams, if any, that may be used to assess the reliance by the Department of Defense on high-risk foreign suppliers of drugs;

(B)

vulnerabilities in the drug supply chains of the Department of Defense; and

(C)

any recommendations to address—

(i)

information gaps identified under paragraph (2); and

(ii)

any risks related to such reliance on foreign suppliers.

(b)

Risk management for Department of Defense pharmaceutical supply chain

The Director of the Defense Health Agency shall—

(1)

not later than one year after the issuance of the guidance required by subsection (a)(1), develop and publish implementing guidance for risk management for the Department of Defense supply chain for pharmaceuticals; and

(2)

establish a working group—

(A)

to assess risks to the pharmaceutical supply chain;

(B)

to identify the pharmaceuticals most critical to beneficiary care at military treatment facilities; and

(C)

to establish policies for allocating scarce pharmaceutical resources in case of a supply disruption.

(c)

Responsiveness testing of Defense Logistics Agency pharmaceutical contracts

The Director of the Defense Logistics Agency shall modify Defense Logistics Agency Instructions 5025.03 and 3110.01—

(1)

to require Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support to coordinate annually with customers in the military departments to conduct responsiveness testing of the Defense Logistics Agency’s contingency contracts for pharmaceuticals; and

(2)

to include the results of that testing, as reported by customers in the military departments, in the annual reports of the Warstopper Program.